About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City whiz Sane: Sterling in career best formby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City whiz Leroy Sane says Raheem Sterling must be close to career best form.Sterling already has nine Premier League goals and six assists to his name this season and signed a new deal in November to keep him at the club until 2023.Sane said, “Of course, it’s always important if you have good people around you – good friends. You can trust them also and obviously, it’s very important for our team.“He’s scored a lot of goals and helps us a lot in every way and he’s just a really good guy – a humble guy.”He is also really hungry and motivated to improve in his own game – to achieve something: his own targets.“This is what it’s like to push him to get better and if it goes like this every year, I think soon he can also be one of the best players.”
Sterling: Man City showing Champions League winning formby Paul Vegas22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveRaheem Sterling says Manchester City are on the right path for Champions League glory.The reigning Premier League champions are now top of Group C with six points from two games after Tuesday’s 2-0 win over Dinamo Zagreb.The England forward said: “We know the teams we have in Europe, they are top opponents. It will never be easy to win it.”We need to keep going. The most important thing is trying to qualify from this group. If we keep doing that, year in year out, the better chance we will have to win it.”We just need to progress to the group stages and think about it later. We just need to keep focus.”There are more games coming up and we know they are going to be difficult. So we just need to keep going. We go to the weekend now and we need to focus on that.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
NFL Draft 2017The 2016 NFL Draft’s first round was dominated by Ohio State, Ole Miss, Notre Dame and Florida. Those four were the only college football programs to have multiple players selected during the draft’s first day. Ohio State had five, Ole Miss had three and Notre Dame and Florida had two. Which programs are expected to have the most first rounders in 2017? Using Walter Football’s 2017 mock draft, here are the programs projected to have the best first round next year. LSU Expected total: 7RB Leonard FournetteS Jamal AdamsCB Tre’Davious WhiteOL Ethan PocicDE Lewis NealWR Malachi DupreDL Davon GodchauxClemson Expected total: 2QB Deshaun WatsonWR Mike WilliamsFlorida Expected total: 2LB Jarrad DavisCB Jalen TaborFlorida State Expected total: 2RB Dalvin CookOT Roderick JohnsonGeorgia Expected total: 2RB Nick ChubbOL Greg PykeOhio State Expected total: 2LB Raekwon McMillanOL Pat ElfleinTennessee Expected total: 2DE Derek BarnettLB Jalen Reeves-MaybinTexas A&M Expected total: 2DE Myles GarrettDB Armani WattsUSC Expected total: 2Juju Smith-SchusterAdoree Jackson[Walter Football]
Bonnie Raitt is one of 24 artists coming together to take a stand against fracking on the two-disc, 24 track benefit album Buy This Fracking Album (June 16th, Movement Music).In a recent letter to her fans on Facebook, Raitt, a lifelong activist, explains that “one of the most critical environmental issues of our time is banning fracking everywhere because it destroys our water, our communities and our planet.”“I’ve been involved in many movements for social justice in my lifetime, from opposing destructive fossil fuel and nuclear energy projects, to standing up for human rights and music royalty reform,” she wrote. “As a founding member of Musicians United for Safe Energy, I feel that one of the most critical environmental issues of our time is banning fracking everywhere because it destroys our water, our communities and our planet.“Food & Water Watch has partnered with Movement Music Records to put out a compilation record, “Buy This Fracking Album,” that 22 artists (including myself) have provided tracks to in an effort to spread the word about the dangers of fracking.“Food & Water Watch has been a national leader in the movement to ban fracking. They were the first national group to call for a ban on fracking everywhere, and they’ve been working with communities all across the country to pass local bans, and do the hard work to hold elected officials accountable in order to keep our drinking water safe from this dangerous practice.“Art and music play a vital role in building and strengthening social change movements, and “Buy This Fracking Album” will follow in that tradition with your support! There are more than 20 artists, and hundreds of others involved in this project who all believe in this cause and want to help get the message out through our music, but we need your help to get this project into the world.“All of the songs have been donated, and any proceeds from the sale of the album will go to groups working for a ban on fracking. However, without your support this album might not make it into the world.“We still need to raise about $40,000 to produce the album, manufacture it, and get the word out to the world. If you can help chip in today, you’ll be one of the first to receive the album, and help build the movement to ban fracking. Different donation amounts give you different incentives. I am not only chipping in my music, but also a couple of guitars signed by me, personalized to YOU! Check it out!”The album also includes songs by Pete Seeger, Natalie Merchant, Michael Franti, John Butler Trio and more.To find out how you can help fund the album, click here.
TORONTO – The RCMP says it has carried out six search warrants in the Greater Toronto Area related to an investigation into syndicated mortgage frauds.Royal Canadian Mounted Police sergeant Penny Hermann says the searches were carried out this morning by its Integrated Market Enforcement Team, but would not provide further details or confirm which companies were targeted.However, media reports say RCMP officers searched the head office of real estate firm Fortress Real Developments Inc. on Friday. Fortress could not be immediately reached for comment.In February, the Ontario’s securities regulator issued $1.1 million in fines against four parties that were involved with syndicated mortgages for real estate development projects in which Fortress was a developer or development consultant.And in March, Canadian securities regulators in proposed regulatory changes to address the associated risks of investing in syndicated mortgages — private mortgages that are sold to a group of investors to finance real estate developments.The Canadian Securities Administrators proposed several changes, including heightened disclosure from issuers of syndicated mortgages. Some companies or individuals offering these investment opportunities may advertise these products as fully secured or guaranteed as high return.
BRUSSELS — Britain and the European Union appeared to be inching toward agreement on Brexit on Monday, but British Prime Minister Theresa May faced intensifying pressure from her divided Conservative government that could yet scuttle a deal.Britain leaves the EU on March 29 — the first country ever to do so — but a deal must be sealed in the coming weeks to leave enough time for the U.K. and European Parliaments to sign off. May faces increasing domestic pressure over her proposals for an agreement following the resignation of another government minister last week.The British leader had been hoping to present a draft deal to her Cabinet this week. But no Brexit breakthrough was announced Monday after talks between European affairs ministers. The two sides are locked in technical negotiations to try to bridge the final gaps in a move laden with heavy political and economic consequences.May said talks were in their “endgame” but that negotiating a divorce agreement after more than four decades of British EU membership was “immensely difficult.”May told an audience at the Lord Mayor’s Banquet in London that “we are working extremely hard, through the night, to make progress on the remaining issues in the Withdrawal Agreement, which are significant.“Both sides want to reach an agreement,” May said, though she added she wouldn’t sign up to “agreement at any cost.”The main obstacle to a deal is how to keep goods flowing smoothly across the border between EU country Ireland and Northern Ireland in the U.K.Both sides have committed to avoid a hard border with costly and time-consuming checks that would hamper business. Any new customs posts on the border could also re-ignite lingering sectarian tensions. But Britain and the EU haven’t agreed on how to achieve that goal.“Clearly this is a very important week for Brexit negotiations,” Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney told reporters after the meeting in Brussels. “The two negotiating teams have really intensified their engagement … There is still clearly work to do.”And Martin Callanan, a minister in Britain’s Brexit department, said all involved were “straining every sinew to make sure that we get a deal but we have to get a deal that is right for the U.K., right for the EU and one that would be acceptable to the U.K. Parliament.”EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier didn’t speak to reporters Monday and a planned news conference with him was cancelled.Instead, EU headquarters issued a short statement saying that Barnier explained to the ministers that “intense negotiating efforts continue, but an agreement has not been reached yet.”Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok said the two sides “are getting closer to each other.”“But in negotiations there is only a deal if there is full agreement,” Blok said. “There is only a 100-per cent deal. There is not a 90-per cent deal or a 95-per cent deal.”Earlier, France’s EU affairs minister, Nathalie Loiseau, stepped up pressure on May. “The ball is in the British court. It is a question of a British political decision,” she said.The EU is awaiting Barnier’s signal as to whether sufficient progress has been made to call an EU summit to seal a deal.Rumours have swirled of a possible top-level meeting at the end of November. But Austrian EU affairs minister Gernot Bluemel, whose country holds the EU’s rotating presidency, said “so far progress is not sufficient to call in and set up another (summit).”In recent days there have been signs of progress behind the scenes, but all parties have remained tight-lipped about the developments, given the politically charged atmosphere.In Britain, pro-Brexit and pro-EU politicians alike warned May that the deal she seeks is likely to be shot down by Parliament.Boris Johnson, a staunch Brexit supporter, wrote in a column for Monday’s Daily Telegraph that May’s plan to adhere closely to EU regulations in return for a trade deal and an open Irish border amounts to “total surrender” to the bloc.The proposed terms are scarcely more popular with advocates of continued EU membership.Former Education Secretary Justine Greening on Monday called May’s proposals the “worst of all worlds,” and said the public should be allowed to vote on Britain’s departure again.“We should be planning as to how we can put this final say on Brexit in the hands of the British people,” Greening told the BBC.Johnson’s younger brother, Jo Johnson, resigned last week backing calls for a second referendum on whether the country should leave the EU. May has consistently rejected the idea of another nationwide vote on Brexit.___Jill Lawless reported from London.Lorne Cook And Jill Lawless, The Associated Press
DETROIT — Subscription meal kit services can take some stress out of weekday dinners. But they may or may not help you fill your holiday table.Some companies, like HelloFresh, will mail you premeasured ingredients and instructions for a full holiday meal. Plated and Home Chef will help you with holiday side dishes. But others, like Blue Apron, don’t offer holiday menus. They say they’ve found that customers prefer to cook their own traditional recipes.Meal kit services have grown quickly in the U.S. since they arrived from Europe six years ago. Nine per cent of U.S. consumers — or around 10.5 million households — have bought meal kits online or in groceries in the last six months, and 25 per cent say they’d consider buying one in the next six months, according to Nielsen.At the same time, the companies are figuring out what customers do and don’t expect from them. This was the first year Berlin-based HelloFresh offered a Thanksgiving meal kit, for example, after customers repeatedly asked for one. HelloFresh has 1 million U.S. subscribers.For $159, buyers got a turkey that fed eight to 10 people and ingredients and instructions for garlic mashed potatoes, cranberry and chicken sausage stuffing, green beans and apple ginger crisp. Customers could also opt for a $99 box with just the sides and dessert.HelloFresh won’t say how many boxes it sold, but it’s offering two options for Christmas. For $129, it will send customers a beef tenderloin that feeds six to eight people plus sides, sauces and dessert. For $159, it will send a turkey dinner similar to its Thanksgiving box. The boxes will be available for delivery starting Dec. 19. Buyers don’t have to subscribe to HelloFresh’s weekly meal plans to get one.Vero, an Italian meal kit company founded by St. Louis-based chef Katie Collier, says it sold twice as many Thanksgiving kits this year as it did in 2017. Its $195 Thanksgiving kit included a cage-free turkey, shallot gravy and fig, walnut and sage stuffing.For Christmas, Vero is selling a $65 kit to make lasagna, blood orange salad and tiramisu for eight to 10.Lifestyle maven Martha Stewart also offers holiday meal kits through her partnership with Marley Spoon. For $159.99, customers could order a Thanksgiving box with a 12-pound turkey and ingredients for four sides — including herbed stuffing with dried cherries — and spiced apple crisp. Last year, Stewart also offered a $39 holiday cookie kit for Christmas. A customer service representative at Marley Spoon said the cookie kit will be offered again this year, but details haven’t been released.Some companies are tucking holiday favourites into their regular meal offerings for subscribers.Plated, a meal kit startup now owned by the Alberton’s grocery chain, offers 20 meal recipes and two desserts each week to its subscribers. For a family of four, two meals per week cost $79.60.For Thanksgiving week, Plated subscribers could opt for sides like pecan pie and sausage, sage and brioche stuffing. For the week of Hanukkah, it’s offering potato latkes. For New Year’s Eve, it plans to offer roasted grape and brie crostini with a spinach and butternut squash salad.Chicago-based Home Chef, which was recently acquired by Kroger, also offered Thanksgiving sides like walnut maple Brussels sprouts as part of its weekly meal plans. Like Plated, two meals per week for a family of four cost $79.60.Non-subscribers can also pick up Home Chef kits at Kroger, which charges $9 for a family-size side of roasted fall vegetables with cranberry orange and walnuts.But other meal kit companies are opting out. Purple Carrot, which offers vegan meal kits, didn’t offer any holiday-themed meal kits but did send a Thanksgiving recipe booklet to subscribers. Sun Basket, which offers organic produce in its kits, has no holiday-themed meals in its rotation.Blue Apron, which has 646,000 U.S. subscribers, offered a Thanksgiving kit in 2016, complete with turkey and pumpkin pie. While customers liked it, what they were really looking for was help with other meals around the holidays, said John Adler, Blue Apron’s culinary chief.Adler said Blue Apron decided to focus on offering quick, simple dishes with non-traditional flavours — think Chinese or Middle Eastern — for the days around the holidays.“You should totally have your traditional food moment,” Adler said. “As opposed to interfering in that, we will solve everything else before and after.”Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press
The PRRD is asking those residents to leave immediately and do the following:Close all windows and doorsShut off all gas and electrical appliances, other than refrigerators and freezersClose gates (latch) but do not lockThe Fort St. John RCMP and North Peace Search and Rescue are helping with the evacuation. CLARIFICATION: This evacuation order is only affecting two properties and the lookout. Residents in the Old Fort are not under an evacuation order or alert at this time.FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Peace River Regional District has issued an evacuation order for some residents near the Peace River Lookout.The Peace River Lookout and the lands directly south and south-east including 9819 240 Road and 9909 240 Road. Residents in those homes are asked to leave immediately and should report to the evacuation centre by calling 250-784-3200.
New Delhi: A major fire broke out early on Friday in a showroom in Delhi, a fire department officer said. The blaze was reported at around 2.50 a.m. in a showroom in Uttam Nagar. Some 25 fire tenders were rushed to the spot. “The fire was doused completely by 7.25 a.m. No casualty was reported . Cooling operation is underway,” the officer said. A short circuit is being suspected to be the cause, he added.
The university recently declared a war on black carbon through a decision to ban fuel-burning vehicles in the campus. The decision has gone down well with most university staff and students. But some have started citing ridiculous reasons for removing the ban. Late on Wednesday evening, a friend from Kashmir University (KU) sent me some photos which he had taken near the university’s iconic Iqbal Library. He wanted to show me how serene the KU campus looks these days without cars honking and whizzing around — and parked on roadsides in the campus following a recent decision by the KU administration to keep the campus free of diesel and petrol-propelled vehicles. Also Read – Hijacking Bapu’s legacyThe photos looked soothing to the eyes and depicted an atmosphere of picture-perfect peace and tranquility, with students and academics walking in little groups of three, four or more in the campus. After all, when it comes to natural beauty and the charms of a university campus, KU can arguably take the crown, at least in South Asia. But oddly enough, some elements in the university , many of whom are academics, have started building pressure on the administration to remove this ban which aimed to make the campus healthier. For example, one staff member has raised questions about health emergencies, inter-departmental visits and offering prayers at the iconic Hazratbal shrine. All of these reasons do not hold water, considering that the university already has some electric cars and plans to buy more electric cars and e-rickshaws as part of its green mission even though the entire campus is just 1.06 square kilometres in area with a pretty good tree cover and comforting and restful gardens like Naseem Bagh. The Hazratbal shrine is just outside the main gate of the university. Also Read – The future is here!The ban was initially implemented for five days and was continued later as demanded by KUTA (Kashmir University Teachers Association). The association, as mentioned in the communication among KUTA members cited above, is in touch with the administration for making some more alternative arrangements in view of the continuation of the ban. Shakil Romshoo, who heads the Earth Sciences Department and is a strong proponent of the ban, wrote in response to the same post: “The movement and number of vehicles had increased a lot within the campus; and in absence of the regulation, it was going to get worse in future. All of us are enjoying the serene ambience of the campus since the ban was implemented. We need to be patient and support the initiative keeping in view the tremendous benefits of a vehicle-free campus.” He also cited the parking mess in front of each of the departments in support of his argument. Why KU needs to set an example In Kashmir, the government is struggling to cope with the proliferation of vehicles, for which lack of viable public transport is partly responsible. But in recent years, a growing middle-class has resulted in more vehicles on the roads. Thus, the number of vehicles has sharply increased. Bumper-to-bumper traffic on Srinagar’s roads are a common sight, especially in summers. The number of vehicles on the roads has doubled from over 7 lakh in 2010 to over 14 lakh (14, 881,90) in March 2017, as per the J&K Transport Commissioner’s office, foregrounding the need for better public transport. Widening of roads for accommodating additional vehicles and addressing traffic jams is the most common solution, which seems obvious to many people and policy-makers. But there is a fundamental problem with this idea as it involves more concretisation of land at the cost of the green area. Plus, many experts have argued that the widening of roads never addresses the problem as it encourages people to drive more miles and thus bring more cars on the roads. KU’s decision to ban vehicles inside the campus can set an example about why people should not become dependent on personal cars. The government can also take a leaf from KU’s decision and can improve public transport besides buying more electric buses in addition of the four buses it has got last month. The growing pollution in Srinagar is also a big concern and increasing traffic is one of the contributors to it. Romshoo, who was part of a study on growing pollution in Srinagar city, said that air quality of the Kashmir valley deteriorates significantly during autumn, with the level of PM2.5 touching 350 μg/m3 against the national permissible limit of 60 μg/m3. Romshoo said that vehicular traffic and biomass burning (burning of leaves and twigs for making charcoal) is also the main source of black carbon, which, he said, causes rapid melting of glaciers. “Average Black Carbon at Srinagar is the highest among all the observed high-altitude Himalayan sites,” he said while quoting from the study. Also, two years ago, the state government placed a ban on the burning of leaves iby ssuing circulars to various departments for its strict implementation. “With the onset of autumn, thick plumes of smoke rise up in different parts of the valley because of the open burning of abscised leaves, willow and poplar twigs releasing large amounts of air-borne particles (PM 2.5 and PM 10 which are particulate matter less than 2.5 microns and 10 microns) which include fine bits of dust, soot, harmful particles and toxic gases aggravating air pollution,” read the government order issued from the chief minister’s office. But this ban is affecting only the poor people who rely on burning of leaves and twigs for their livelihood. Why shouldn’t the middle class share the responsibility? KU has done well to bring the middle class under the polluters’ bracket! (Athar Parvaiz is an award-winning journalist based in Srinagar. He has extensively written on environment and climate change in recent years. Views expressed are strictly personal)